The Deception Author:Catherine Coulter Richard Clarendon carries the guilt laden weight of a friend's death and his own quest for revenge. That burden is somewhat relieved by the presence of Evangeline De la Valette, widowed cousin of his late wife. Evangeline seeks sanctuary in England and becomes the nanny of young Edmund Clarendon. But Evangeline's mission isn't just t... more »he care of young Edmund.
Napoleon's agents hold her father hostage and threaten his life should she disobey their instructions. So begins the deception. By day she is a captivating widow, and by night the master spy known only as L'Aigle, passing coded messages to the Emperor's agents in high government positions. Clarendon continues to search for any clue to the whereabouts of his friend's murderers and for the spy ring that ordered it. His fascination with Evangeline grows. She doesn't act like other women of his acquaintance and against his will, he falls in love.
Evangeline has also lost her heart, but the certainty of her hanging if discovered prevents any dreams of the future. How could Richard love a traitor? "The Deception" is a rewrite of an earlier Regency "An Intimate Deception". And this is a much spicier version for the historical market. The characters are well defined with an intriguing and plausible plot. A delicious treat! Evangeline is a heroine with wit and courage who will find a place in the readers heart! -- Literary Times« less